Essential Oil Gel Air Fresheners

Replace your synthetic air fresheners with these all-natural gel air fresheners that use pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils to create a pleasant aroma to freshen up a room!

Gel-Freshener-Cropped [recipe title=”Essential Oil Gel Air Fresheners” servings=”Yield = 2 air fresheners” time=”20 minutes active; 2 hours inactive” difficulty=”Easy”]


  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 pkg. unflavored gelatin (1/4 oz.)
  • 2 glass salve jars (4 oz. size)
  • 2 drops food coloring (if desired)
  • 20 drops essential oil


  1. In a small pot, combine water and salt. Bring to a boil.
  2. Remove pot from heat, and add the gelatin pack. Stir with a fork or a whisk until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
  3. Pour mixture into glass jars.
  4. Add 1 drop of food coloring to each jar, and stir in with a toothpick.
  5. Allow mixture to cool slightly, and then stir 10 drops of essential oil into each jar (we used lime essential oil and love how it turned out!).
  6. Allow to set completely, and then twist on the lid.
  7. When you wish to use the air freshener, remove the lid, and set the jar in your desired location. This gel freshener works great for smaller room like bathrooms or offices.


8 thoughts on “Essential Oil Gel Air Fresheners

  1. I followed the receipe did not put a lid on it and the gel has not set. I am leary of putting it in the fridge due to the odor of the essential oil

    • Hi Rose,

      I have had good results letting the gel set at room temperature as long as the area you leave it in isn’t too warm. Results can vary based on the gelatin used and some can take longer to set. I would only recommend placing it in the fridge if you can cover it with a lid or tin foil.

  2. Top good to be true? How long before it gels? Followed the directions exactly, 6 hours later .. no gel. What the heck. What a waste!

    • Sorry you are having difficulties. How long it takes to set up can depend on the climate you live in (such as how hot or humid it is). Try placing your jar in the fridge, without the lid on, to set up.

    • Oh no! We’re sorry you have had issues with our recipe. We aren’t really sure why your gel didn’t form, but one possibility is that if the lid was on as the gel freshener set, moisture may have built up inside the jar and could have caused the gel to not set up properly. This especially may be a problem if you live in a humid environment. Also, keep in mind that gel sets as the hot water cools to room temperature or cooler. We would recommend trying the recipe again and letting the gel set in a cool (65–75 degree) environment before placing a lid on it.

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